For many years, Morrison & Foerster has been recognized as one of the world's leading law firms handling complex technology transactions.

In fact, we've been referred to as "probably the premier IT practice in the world" by Chambers and Partners. We've also been named the #1 Technology Law Firm by Vault Guide 2014 and the 2017 "Law Firm of the Year" in the United States in Information Technology Law by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers®.

Our clients include many of the most innovative technology companies and recognizable technology brands. We actively assist both established and emerging technology sector clients in creating and leveraging new technology platforms and harnessing evolving business models. We also advise a wide range of companies – many drawn from Fortune 500 – as well as government agencies around the globe on their agreements and projects to implement technology.

Areas of Focus

Working alongside other colleagues in Morrison & Foerster – for example, in our Intellectual Property Group, Patent Group and Corporate Group – our Technology Transactions Group delivers an in-depth knowledge of technology law across borders and industrial sectors.

Our key focus areas include:

Industry Focus

We recognize that the technology market is multifaceted. Much of our added value to our clients derives from our understanding of how technology makes a difference within a particular sector or industry, and how industry-specific practices and regulations affect the implementation of technology solutions.

Over decades, we have invested significant resources in developing market-leading technology law expertise in a number of different sectors:

Our clients consider us their trusted advisers for their most sensitive and important technology and commercial transactions – both when they acquire, develop or adopt new technologies and IP assets, and when they commercialize, divest, or monetize technology and IP assets.

We operate at the intersection of technology, commerce, regulation and the law. We help clients anticipate and overcome legal and regulatory obstacles and implement mutually successful relationships with their partners and customers.

Our clients rely on us to identify proactively any legal and commercial risks, mitigate problems and safeguard their interests; at the same time, count on us to implement key business plans, stay ahead of market trends and increase the bottom line.

Astellas Pharma Inc.
We represented Astellas in a $815 million collaboration and license agreement with San Francisco-based FibroGen, Inc. for the exclusive rights to develop and market anaemia therapies FG-2216 and FG 4592 in Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa; a $760 million exclusive worldwide collaboration (including an exclusive license to applicable patent rights) with CoMentis, Inc., to develop and commercialize products from CoMentis's beta-secretase inhibitor program, including compound CTS-21166, an orally bioavailable, small molecule beta-secretase inhibitor that is being developed as a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer's disease; and a $180 million global agreement with Maxygen, Inc. under which Astellas received worldwide rights to commercialize MAXY-4 lead candidates for all autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection.
Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee
We served as international legal counsel to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG). We assisted with a range of legal issues arising from the requirements, preparation, and hosting of the 2008 Summer Games, including legal advice related to marketing, broadcasting, the protection of intellectual property, venue construction, procurement, entertainment, technology, and other related matters.
Cambridge Antibody Technology
We represented Cambridge Antibody Technology in connection with a major strategic alliance with AstraZeneca to discover and develop human antibody therapeutics in inflammatory disorders.
Fujitsu Limited
We represented Fujitsu Limited in its license covering the entire portfolio of patents of Rambus Inc. The agreement covers chip interface technology that Fujitsu has used in PCs and servers.
Novell, Inc.
We represent Novell with respect to open source software issues including its dispute with SCO over copyrights in UNIX.
We represented Toshiba in its $288 million acquisition of certain of Micron Technology's semiconductor patents and of a license under all patents owned or previously owned by Lexar Media.
Warner Music Group
We represented Warner Music Group in a joint venture with MySpace involving the licensing of a majority of Warner's catalog for use in various digital forms. The transaction also involved the licensing of applicable publishing rights through Warner Music's publishing arm.

Chambers Europe 2018
Germany: TMT: Media

Chambers UK 2018
UK-wide: Outsourcing
London: Information Technology

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2017
Law Firm of the Year: Information Technology Law (2012 - 2017)
National: Technology Law (Tier 1)
National: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Technology Law (Tier 1)
New York City: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
San Francisco: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Technology Law (Tier 2)

Chambers Global 2016 
Global: Data Protection
Global: Outsourcing
Global: TMT
USA: Outsourcing

Chambers USA 2016
National: Outsourcing
California: IT & Outsourcing
New York: Technology & Outsourcing
Washington, D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
Asia-Pacific Region: Technology, Media, Telecoms
China: Technology, Media, Telecoms: International Firms

Chambers UK 2017
UK-wide: Outsourcing
London: Information Technology

Chambers Europe 2016
Germany: TMT: Media

Legal 500 US 2018
Data Protection & Privacy
Technology Transactions

Legal 500 UK 2016
IT & Telecoms
Commercial Contracts

Legal 500 Germany 2017
Media: Entertainment
Information Technology and Outsourcing: Data Protection

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017 
China: Foreign Firms: Technology, Media & Telecoms
Hong Kong: Technology, Media & Telecoms
Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms and Joint Ventures
Japan: Technology, Media & Telecoms
Singapore: Foreign Firms: Technology, Media & Telecoms

Corporate INTL Global Awards 2016
Technology & Outsourcing Law Firm of the Year in New York

Vault Guide 2014
#1 Technology Law Firm

Blockchain + Smart Contracts Resource Center

Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT) Resources

Best Lawyers 2018 - Information Technology Law Tier 1

“They are very willing to invest time to understand our business and our issues and not come up with a cookie-cutter solution. They impress us with their knowledge of the business and the personal relationship.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

“There are many firms with perfectly good expertise in these areas, but what sets Morrison & Foerster apart is the directness, clarity and concision of the advice.”
Chambers Global 2016

“They’re a pleasure to work with and the international collaboration works really well.”
Chambers Europe

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